What to see in Madrid in one day? A question that you have many when you plan a getaway to the spanish capital. In this article we will give you several ideas to make the most of a tour in Madrid. Let’s start:
City Tour Madrid (3 or 4 hours): To start we recommend you to discover the main streets and monuments by renting a minibus to take a panoramic tour of the city. “Time is money” and we have to make the most of our 24 hours in the city. You can check the price at: https://goo.gl/Sb9kwP. You can see the emblematic Puerta de Álcala, Gran Vía, discover the “Temple of Deod“, Almudena Cathedral, the fountains of Neptune and Cibeles, Royal Palace, Senate… And walk by the Paseo del Prado, where there are located several museums. Next you will discover “El Retiro Park“, a green oasis in Madrid. Where you can visit the “Crystal Palace” (1887), one of the favorite places for lovers of photography.
Visit the Prado Museum: It is one of the most important in the world and is in the top 15 of the most visited museums, worldwide. In addition next year will celebrate its Bicentennial (200 years since its inauguration) and is open every day of the week (except national holidays). We leave the link of the official website so you can check schedules and prices of the entry: goo.gl/dUzXFw. Although not only has paintings is known worldwide for his paintings. Among those that stand out are those painted by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya (the most widely represented artist in the museum), Tiziano, Rubens and El Bosco. Of all the aforementioned, it has the best and most extensive collections that exist worldwide.
San Miguel Market – Main Square: Lunch time. And for this moment we recommend an emblematic site, the “San Miguel Market“. Suitable for all audiences and ages. The wide range of salty and sweet food will not be a problem for anyone. You can eat with “tapas” or ration of paella, seafood, cheese, “tortilla” (similar omelette but typical spanihs), meat … But if you prefer another option for lunch, we recommend any bar near the Main Square. Located five minutes from the market. It has many bars and restaurants where you can eat from a menu to the typical sandwich of squid from Madrid. They also have numerous terraces for you to enjoy a meal in the open air, weather permitting.
Visit to the Royal Palace: After recovering your strength, we propose you to enjoy the Royal Palace. A ten minute walk from the Main Square will take you to your destination. It is also known as the Palace of the East and is the official residence of the king of Spain. Although, curiously, does not live there but in the Palacio de la Zarzuela. But it is recommended that you consult if it will be open during your visit because it is used for state events: goo.gl/WzES1y. Surrounding the Palace are the Gardens of Campo del Moro and Sabatini. Access to the first is paid, while in the second case, the entrance is free and its opening hours are very broad.
Walk in Madrid : Last, but not least, we recommend you to walk with or without the streets of Madrid. You can discover small shops whose shop windows are in themselves works of art; street signage prices; etc. For lovers of photography, it is highly recommended to visit the Temple of Deod again at nightfall because the photographs that can be obtained are worthwhile. At the end you can walk along the Gran Vía, the main artery of the city, which will be illuminated until late hours. You will see the “Plaza de Callao“, presided over by the emblematic cinemas, and you can end the day enjoying one of the many theater shows offered by the capital. Although if you prefer to have a drink or have a quiet dinner we recommend the Lavapies neighborhood.